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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Leah - 2 Months



Eye Color: Dark Blue/Grey

Clothes:
  3M

Diapers:
1
 
Milestones:
  She started social smiling!! I LOVE it when they start smiling! She smiles so easily too.


Best Moment(s) This Month:  We've had a couple of nights where she only wakes up once. She's even had a few 7 hour sleep stretches!  And the SMILES!

Loves:
Sleeping
Eating
Being Swaddled
Rocking
Looking at our faces
Her Pacifier!

Favorite Toys: She's started to like the Mamaroo swing. Grant hated it, so I'm happy that it's getting some use.  She can't grab toys yet, but she does like to look at black and white patterns.


Hates:
Taking a bath
Diaper changes

Food:  She eats 3oz, every 2 hours.  I am ready for her to start spacing it out. I tried feeding her 4oz every bottle to see if she'd go longer, but it just ended up making her eat a ton more and spit up. 


Looking Forward To: She isn't cooing much yet so I am looking forward to hearing her "talk" and play with Grant.  He loves to "tickle" her and talk to her and even lays down next to her on her play mat. It's the cutest!



Leah - 1 Month


Exactly 1 Month Old :)

Leah is 2 months old today, but I'm going to do 2 separate posts to break down how things have changed :)

5 days old

Age: 1 Month

Weight:
  11 lbs - this girl loves to eat as much as her brother did. She was already over her birth weight by her 2 week appointment.

Eye Color:
Dark Blue/Grey

Clothes:
  NB

Diapers:
NB
 
Milestones:
  She has decent head control at this point, but no real milestones yet.

Best Moment(s) This Month:  She sleeps pretty darn good!

Loves:
Sleeping
Eating
Being Swaddled
Rocking
Looking at our faces

Favorite Toys: Not a fan of anything at this point and she'd rather be held than left to herself on a play mat or bouncer.

Hates:
Taking a bath
Diaper changes

Food:  I only nursed her for about a week before I called it quits and started pumping. After successfully pumping for Grant for a year, I much preferred it to the pain of breastfeeding.  I salute all of the mamas who power through bleeding, cracked nipples.  I wasn't strong enough.  She eats 3oz, every 2 hours.

Looking Forward To: seeing her personality come out and seeing her interact with Grant.
4 days old



Leah Brooke's Birth





After not showing any labor progression, my doctor decided to induce labor.  We headed to the hospital and we got started on Pitocin.  I powered through the contractions as long as I could and ended up getting an epidural around 4cm.  During the time the nurse was in and out of my room since she was assigned to two different patients in labor. I'm not sure if they were shorthanded or what, but she kept disappearing for long periods of time. After about and hour I started feeling a lot of pressure during contractions and I paged the nurse.  She had been gone a while since I had only been 4cm at the last check.  When she came to check on me, I was fully dilated!

We were all pretty shocked that I dilated so quickly.  She paged the doctor and told me that I could start pushing soon. The doctor came in and checked me out and said the baby still hadn't moved down even though I was fully dilated.  He said I would be pushing hours again (like I did with Grant) if we started pushing at this point and suggested that we let the contractions work the baby down for a while.

He came back later (I forget how long we did this) and said that the baby had moved down and we could start pushing.  It was at this point that we realized that she moved down so quickly into the birth canal that she didn't rotate completely. So instead of being sunny side up like Grant, she was actually transverse and facing my SIDE!

The doctor attempted to turn her during contractions and he let me push for a while hoping she'd turn.  It became apparent that something was wrong though because with every contraction her heartrate would drop from 140s to as long as 40 and would take forever to come back up. At one point both the doctor and nurse looked terrified and wouldn't answer me when I asked if she was okay.  By this time I was so freaked out every time I had a contraction and I was constantly staring at the baby's heartrate.  I had to wear an oxygen mask and they kept having me turn on my sides to get her heartrate back up each time and I even had to stop pushing so give the baby a break.  It was terrifying.

Eventually my doctor told me that he thought it was safest to do a C-section.  I had been adamant that I did not want a C-section going into this pregnancy with this doctor. I wanted early intervention to turn the baby so she would just slide out and we wouldn't have a difficult labor like I did with Grant. Unfortunately, Leah had another plan for me :) We immediately started prepping for a C-section (side note: it is crazy how quickly they get you in there) and not long after Leah was delivered at 4:20pm (on 4/20/17).  She was 7lbs 12oz, so she was bigger than her brother by almost 1.5lbs!


The doctor couldn't find what was causing her distress (he thought the cord was around her neck, but found that it wasn't once she was delivered), but we were happy that she was fine and low blood pressure, but they were able to get it back up fairly quickly.  Once I felt awake again, I was even able to nurse Leah.

 

All in all it wasn't what I had planned, and the recovery was worse than I imagined, but we are so thankful that we had a safe delivery.